What’s on Your Plate? A Peri-Operative Guide to Healthy Eating
When it comes to preparing for your upcoming surgery, you have a lot on your plate. Making thoughful decisions as to what you choose to put in your body is just as important for facilitating your surgical outcome as scheduling physical therapy, coordinating help with family and friends, or arranging your home to accommodate for post-operative restrictions. Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) is an evidence-based, multidisciplinary team approach to develop a pathway to success with you, the patient, at the very center. Dr. Chahla and his team, together with a group of anesthesiologists, physical therapists, and dieticians, have designed a practice that focuses on elevating your physiologic function before, during, and after surgery to promote optimal recovery post-operatively.
Several factors play a role in executing ERAS well, including decreasing stress and anxiety through adequate preoperative patient education about the expected surgical plan and anticipated recovery. Additionally, on the day of your surgery, your team of talented anesthesiologists works hard to minimize fluid and heat loss during surgery, manage post-operative pain, and prevent nausea and vomiting. Yet, one major aspect of ERAS is augmenting your diet with foods and nutrients to better support healing and recovery. You have the power to start your recovery today, and we have the tools to help fuel you up.